The Microsoft-owned open source repository platform GitHub has announced that its ‘Sponsors’ program is now available in India, and developers can create ‘Sponsors’ profiles and begin receiving financial support for their open source contributions.
Early users have already begun to receive financial assistance and recognition from influential people in the open source community, and GitHub Sponsors is even making it easier for them to secure internships and full-time positions, according to a statement released late Monday. Developers in India who were previously on the waitlist are now included in the program. The number of developers on GitHub in India has surpassed eight million and is still growing, making it the second-largest developer community on the platform.
Over the last year, Indian developers have made over 200 million contributions to open source software projects, and over 10 million software projects from around the world rely on packages created in India. “These contributions show how powerful and invested India’s developers have become,” said GitHub’s Jessica Lord.
Anyone in the world can now contribute to India’s talented community and the open source projects they run. “Through to the GitHub Sponsors explore tool, we’ve made it easier to discover projects and maintainers,” the company said. Chandrika Deb, a developer says thanks to ‘GitHub Sponsors’, “my open source contributions are appreciated by a much wider audience, including my employer”. “I also know developers who are receiving recognition from influential people, and GitHub Sponsors is even making it easier for them to secure internships and full-time positions,” Deb said. Another developer Kovid Goyal added that ‘GitHub Sponsors’ helps by reducing friction for accepting and making donations to open source developers.”